Google on the Go: Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone

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Google on the Go

THE EASY, FUN, PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GOOGLE ANDROID PHONES!

So you’ve got one of those hot new Android-powered phones? Awesome! Now, get the most out of it with Google on the Go! This friendly, easy book shows exactly how to use your phone to make your life more productive, more efficient, and more fun!

Making calls? Playing MP3s? Sending Gmail? Taking pictures? It’s all covered here–one step at ...

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Overview

Google on the Go

THE EASY, FUN, PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GOOGLE ANDROID PHONES!

So you’ve got one of those hot new Android-powered phones? Awesome! Now, get the most out of it with Google on the Go! This friendly, easy book shows exactly how to use your phone to make your life more productive, more efficient, and more fun!

Making calls? Playing MP3s? Sending Gmail? Taking pictures? It’s all covered here–one step at a time, in plain English. There’s no faster way to master the great Google tools built into your new phone: calendar, messaging, web browsing, chat, Google Maps, YouTube, you name it!

Want to customize your phone? Here’s how. Need to troubleshoot a problem? No sweat: you’ll find easy, step-by-step directions. Whether you’re using the T-Mobile G1 or another Android-powered smartphone, this book answers all your questions so you can harness the power of Google applications and tools in the palm of your hand.

• Set up your Google Android phone fast!

• Quickly master phone basics, from speakerphone to call waiting

• Transfer contacts from your computer or another phone

• Add new Calendar appointments and reminders

• Make the most of your free Gmail account

• Take photos, and send them instantly to your contacts

• Watch videos and upload them to YouTube

• Find practically anything with Google Search

• Use Google Talk’s handy chat features

• Get directions and traffic info with Google Maps... even use GPS!

• Install newsoftware tools and even start writing your own

• Fix the most common problems with service and hardware

John Eddy is a long-time gadget hobbyist who has spent most of his career helping everyday people use technology, in roles ranging from product support to moderation of online forums.

Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy is an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek whose books include Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, The
Absolute Beginner’s Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer’s Reference.

CATEGORY: Digital Media

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789739537
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Eddy is a gadget hobbyist who infuriates his wife by continually getting new toys that need to be put somewhere. The majority of his career has been spent trying to ensure that normal, everyday people can successfully use their technological wonders. He has helped people both directly, through product support, and indirectly, by moderating online forums and newsgroups, thus ensuring a safe environment in which to seek answers.

After his long career in and around Microsoft, it's ironic that John's first book is about Google. He spends his days and nights in the Seattle area reading,watching too much TV and not enough movies, and enjoying quality time on his Xbox 360 and Wii with his far more techsavvy wife. Author of Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, she shares his love of cooking and eating.Their food chronicles can be found at www.cooklocal.com.

Patricia DiGiacomo Eddyis an accomplished technology author and mobile phone geek who isn't nearly as infuriated with her husband's love of gadgets as he might think. She has written several books, including Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Absolute Beginner's Guide to OneNote, and Access 2003: VBA Programmer's Reference. Her day job is spent writing about email technology with a major software company. Her evenings are spent writing about a wide variety of other topics, including health and fitness, cooking, and Seattle culture. She enjoys a good game of Wii Tennis. Although she watches too much TV, she isn't planning on changing thathabit any time soon. Patricia and her husband recently completed their first half marathon and are looking forward to training for a full marathon as soon as this book is on the shelves.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 The Phone Basics

Setting Up the Phone

Using an Existing Google Account

Creating a New Google Account

Navigating the Phone’s Screens

Making and Answering Calls

Speakerphone

Conference Calling

Call Waiting

Configuring Calling Features

Fixed Dialing Number

Voicemail

Call Forwarding

Caller ID

Call Waiting

Operator Selection

Managing Voicemail

Date/Time Settings and Alarms

Setting the Date and Time

Setting an Alarm

Snooze

Deleting an Alarm

Text Messaging

Sending a Text Message

Configuring Text Messaging Alert Settings

Viewing a Received Message

Customizing Your Phone

Sound Settings

Display Settings

Autocorrect Options

Customizing Your Home Screen

Wallpaper

Shortcuts

Widgets

Chapter 2 Working with Contacts

What Are Contacts?

Viewing Your Contacts

Adding a New Contact

Editing an Existing Contact

Calling a Contact

Sending a Contact a Text Message

Mapping a Contact’s Address

Setting Up Favorite Contacts

Transferring Contacts from Another Phone

Transferring Contacts from Your Computer

Deleting a Contact

What About All That Other Stuff?

Chapter 3 Using Your Calendar

Viewing Your Calendar

Viewing Other Calendars

Creating a New Appointment

Viewing Your Agenda

Reminder Settings and Other Options

Set Alerts & Notifications

Select Ringtone

Vibrate

Set Default Reminder

Some Tasks You Can’t Perform from the Phone

Creating a Second Calendar

Sharing an Existing Calendar

Adding a Public Calendar

Inviting People to a Meeting

Chapter 4 Working with Email

Overview of Gmail

Reading Email

Sending a New Message

Replying to or Forwarding a Message

Archiving an Email

All About Labels

Applying Labels to Received Mail Automatically

Customizing Gmail Settings

General Settings

Notification Settings

Connecting to Other Email Accounts

Reading Email

Sending a New Message

Replying to or Forwarding a Message

Deleting a Message

Switching Between Multiple Accounts

Removing an Account

Chapter 5 Taking Pictures

Taking Pictures with Your Phone

Save

Set As

Share

Delete

Camera Settings

Viewing Pictures You’ve Taken

Viewing a Slideshow of Your Pictures

Basic Picture Options

Advanced Picture Options

Customizing Picture Settings

Picture Size

Picture Sort

Confirm Deletions

Slideshow Interval

Slideshow Transition

Repeat Slideshow

Shuffle Slides

Chapter 6 Using Your Android-Powered Phone as a Personal Media Player

Listening to Your Music

Playing Music

Creating and Using Playlists

Party Shuffle

Removing Songs from Your Library

Purchasing New Songs

Using Songs as Ringtones

Copying Songs to Your Phone

Watching Videos

The Joy of YouTube

Playing a YouTube Video

YouTube Categories

Searching for YouTube Videos

Accessing Video Details

Commenting on Videos

Choosing Your Favorite Videos

Sharing Videos

Accessing YouTube Settings

Chapter 7 Using the Internet

Accessing the Browser

Opening a Website by Typing a URL

Viewing More Than One Website at a Time

Checking a Page for Content Updates

Moving Through History

There’s No Place Like Home

Sharing Web Pages with Others

Zooming to a Better View

Creating and Using Bookmarks

Google Search

Searching for Websites

Searching for Images

Local Searches

Searching for News

Advanced Web Browser Settings

Managing Your History

Finding Your Downloads

Browser Settings

Chapter 8 Using the Rest of the Google Application Suite

Google Talk

Adding Friends

Chatting with a Friend

More IM Fun

Friends List Options

Instant Messaging Settings

Other Instant Message Programs

Adding an Account

Frequent Chatting

Removing an Account

Google Maps

Viewing a Map

Searching for a Location

Using Google Maps with GPS

Getting Directions

Other Google Applications

Google Reader

Google Docs

Chapter 9 Adding New Applications

Finding and Installing New Applications

Using ShopSavvy

Using Shazam

Managing Your Applications

Adding Applications to Your Home Screen

Find More Applications Using Search

Uninstalling Unwanted Applications

Chapter 10 Using Wi-Fi

Setting Up Wi-Fi

Other Wireless Options

Enabling Bluetooth

Airplane Mode

The Professor and Mary Ann: Mobile Networks

Chapter 11 Security

SIM Card Lock

Screen Lock

Starting Over–Completely

Chapter 12 An Open-Source Platform

Creating Applications for Your Phone

Installing the SDK

Resources

Chapter 13 Troubleshooting

Service Issues

Hardware and Software Issues

My Phone Is Slower Than Molasses in January

My Phone Crashed

My Phone Won’t Do Anything

I Dropped My Phone in Water

Resetting Your Phone

Getting Help

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